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Monsanto loses GMO permit in Mexico
The latest country to make headlines with regards to banning Monsanto products is Mexico, as a group of beekeepers was successful in stopping Monsanto from the planting of soybeans that are genetically modified to resist their Round-up herbicide.
Farmers call for Cornell to evict the Alliance for Science
Taking a break from the busy harvest season, 67 New York State organic farmers sent a letter to Dean Boor of the Cornell College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and to the Trustees of the University.
The letter respectfully requests that Cornell University evict the “Alliance for Science” from the campus. Funded largely and amply ($5.6 million) by the Gates Foundation, since 2014, the “Alliance for Science” has been spreading propaganda for genetic engineering under the cover of creating a “balanced” view of biotechnology.
“Yet there is no balance to this – nothing in the materials or programs of “The Alliance for Science” is anything but entirely pro-biotechnology. They are without balance or significant critical evaluation of the range of agricultural systems and technologies that exist in food production today,” notes Elizabeth Henderson, organic farmer from Wayne County.
The “Alliance for Science” does not do research itself, but serves as a communications channel, hosts a speaker series and provides funding to train “Global Fellows” from third world countries to spread genetic engineering to their home countries by providing them with the prestige that comes with association with “high caliber expert institution” Cornell and with policy support to influence home governments.
Careful examination of the “Alliance for Science” website reveals not a single critical assessment of genetic engineering, none of the reasonable questions that ecological precaution suggest, and no significant evaluation or critique of the way that increased use of genetically engineered seed, Round-Up Ready corn and soy in particular, has enabled the consolidation of power over the world’s food supply by fewer and fewer chemo-biotech corporations.
“This one-sided public relations machine doesn’t belong embedded in a public institution of higher learning such as Cornell,” concluded Maureen Knapp, an organic dairy farmer from Preble.
Séralini wins defamation case against French news magazine Marianne
The French news magazine Marianne and its reporter Jean-Claude Jaillette have lost their case in the Court of Appeals in Paris on 7 September 2016, according to a report from CRIIGEN, the research organisation where Prof Gilles-Eric Séralini is chairman of the scientific council.
Marianne and Jaillette were sentenced for defamation for denigrating Prof Séralini and his 2012 research study showing that Roundup and GMO maize caused ill health effects in rats, including liver and kidney damage and hormonal disturbances.
Anthony Samsel: “Product developers for the most part are not socially responsible, but rather they are sociopathic .... MONSANTO does not have a moral compass ...its all about return on investment (ROI) when engaged in product development ... Product developers are a twisted lot …”
Monsanto Agrees to Use Gene-Editing Tool CRISPR Responsibly
Monsanto And The Organics Industry Pay To Train Journalists: What Could Go Wrong? (May 2016)
At first, I assumed the reporters receiving the fellowship were having their expenses paid for by the NPF. But scrolling down the page, I learned that wasn’t the case:
Funding for this training is provided by Monsanto, the American Farm Bureau Federation, the National Pork Board, and the Organic Trade Association.
...There’s no question that food and agriculture industry funding can and does influence the policies and practices of organizations and researchers. So to see journalists stepping into the same funding quagmire by accepting an all expenses paid fellowship from the very companies and trade groups they are supposed to cover without bias is distressing.
Six companies are about to merge into the biggest farm-business oligopoly in history
Whether that trend continues remains to be seen. For now, the mergers are a clear sign that companies that invest in high-tech seeds and chemicals are going through a rough patch, and they think consolidation is their way out of it.
EU Commission wants to authorize three GM maize varieties for cultivation
The European Commission is trying to authorize the cultivation of two GM maize varieties, 1507 and Bt11, and to re-authorize MON810, the only GMO currently grown in Europe, according to leaked draft proposals seen by GMWatch. The EU member states are likely to vote on the proposals on 16 November.
The proposed authorizations would only apply in 9 out of 28 EU countries and three regions (England in the UK and Flanders and the Brussels region in Belgium). This is because the remaining 19 governments have made use of the new opt-out mechanism to ban cultivation of GM crops.
Stephanie Seneff: “If I recall right, doing something deliberately that is proven to kill an endangered species, can be fines and even jail time. If they go onto the endangered species list, than it may provide more legal avenues to get injunctions to stop spraying. Endangered species trumps even money under our current laws.”
Wake Up Call — Bumble Bee Just Proposed for U.S. Endangered Species Status
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Wednesday proposed listing the rusty patched bumblebee, a prized but vanishing pollinator once widely found in the upper Midwest and Northeastern United States, for federal protection as an endangered species, according to Reuters.
The Bumblebee is one of several wild bee species seen declining in the last couple of decades. It has now become the first ever bee in the continental United States formally proposed for listing under the U.S. Endangered Species Act.
Transgenic Wars — How GMOs Impact Livestock and Human Health Around the Globe - FREE viewing through 9/30.
"Transgenic Wars," an award-winning film by French investigative journalist Paul Moreira, takes us on a journey through Europe and Latin America, looking at the effects of genetically engineered (GE) crops, both on livestock and human health.
It also delves into tangential concerns, such as the increased use of glyphosate-based herbicides, atrazine and 2,4-D, the latter of which was an ingredient in the devastating defoliant Agent Orange, used during the Vietnam War.
Public Health Watchdog Sues Dow Chemical in California Over Air Pollution Caused by Toxic Pesticide
(Beyond Pesticides September 26, 2016) Last week, the Center for Environmental Health (CEH) filed a lawsuit against Dow Agrosciences LLC, also known as Dow Chemical, charging that the “chemical manufacturing giant” fails to warn communities across California about the dangers associated with wide use of the chemical Telone. A trade name for the chemical 1,3-Dicholoropropene, or 1,3-D, Telone is a known carcinogen and is the third most heavily used pesticide in the state. The case focuses on the air pollution caused by the pesticide, as it has been found to linger in the air for multiple days after application, disproportionately impacting the rural communities, often with large minority populations, that live in the immediate vicinity. The case was filed in the State of California Alameda County Superior Court, and Dow has yet to comment or release a statement addressing the allegations against the company.